A gubernatorial aspirant in the just concluded All Progressive Congress (APC) primary election in Kano, Sha’aban Ibrahim Sharada, has alleged that some of his supporters were killed while others were injured during the exercise.
But the police command told Daily Trust that no incident of violence was reported and as such it has no record of any attack or death during the just concluded election.
Sharada in a series of tweets, petition and a video shared on his social media handles, said he received a shocking news of attack on his supporters while he was at the venue of the election and that thugs were hired to kill him, an incident that forced him to sneak out of the venue and rushed to the hospital where the victims are received.
The House of Representatives member is the only candidate that challenged Dr Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, the anointed candidate of the state governor. He scored 30 out of the 2, 420 votes.
Sha’aban said the incident did not come to him as a surprise as his security personnel were asked to step down from escorting him to the election venue.
“Few minutes to the commencement of the exercise, I was cautioned by a security official not come to the venue of the election and at the same time, I received a text message from the primary election committee chairman in person of Senator Tijjani Kaura who urged me to be in the venue to start the election. To my surprise, the security personnel deployed from Abuja were asked to step down from escorting me to the election venue.
“In addition to this discovery, another person informed me of a rumor circulating on the issue of my assassination all in an attempt to deter me from becoming the APC flag bearer. I took the required safety measures and sneaked into the election venue, thanks to Allah (SWT).
“In my manifestation speech, I drew the attention of the entire stakeholders on the plans by the Kano State Government to enforce an anointed candidate to our party delegates by not allowing them to exercise their constitutional right to vote their preferred candidate. However, no action was taken,” he said.
According to him, the most painful thing is how some of his people lost their lives which is valuable than becoming a governor, calling on the security agencies to investigate the matter.
“While the exercise continues, there were further plans to use thugs and end my life on my exit from the venue. Later, I equally received another Intel that those thugs already attacked, killed and injured many of my supporters and that prompted me to quickly leave the venue and proceeded to the hospital where they were receiving medical attention. Thus; for me the soul of one person is more valuable than to become a Governor.”
“To this end, I am calling on the security agencies and our great party to seriously investigate and punish the perpetrators and also to immediately nullify the so-called primary election that was marred with a lot of irregularities, vote buying and intimidation, this did not reflect the ideal of our great party and true democracy.”
Reacting, the spokesman of the police command, SP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, told Daily Trust that adequate security was deployed at all the venue of the primary elections held in the state and as of Friday afternoon, the command had not received any report of any violence at any of the venue.
He said operatives that were deployed to the venue also have not reported any incident, while adding that there was also no report from any emergency unit of any hospital in Kano as relating to such.